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Welcome to the Visa Section!

The Visa Section of the United States Embassy in Bogota processes applications for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to the U.S. Click on the links below or on the left side of the page to learn more about the Visa Section.

***We want to save YOU time so we’ve made some important changes!***

In an effort to help reduce everyone’s time waiting in line, beginning June 1, 2015 visa applicants should arrive to the Embassy at the time of their appointment and no earlier. Applicants will only be permitted to enter the Embassy compound at the time of their appointment. Previously we had recommended arriving earlier than your scheduled appointment time and in some cases permitted entry ahead of schedule.  We realize this approach was leading to longer lines. Arrive at your appointment time and you will have more time in your day!

Don’t worry! We have revamped the way we schedule and have built in time for all the steps you need to complete the process! Please do not come early, you won’t be permitted to enter. By keeping to the schedule, we reduce wait times for everyone.

Public Service Statement

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

Nonimmigrant visas

Nonimmigrant visas are for people visiting the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or petition-based employment.  The type of visa required depends on your purpose of travel.

Immigrant visas

Immigrant visas are for applicants planning to permanently relocate to the United States for either family or employment reasons.

Fraud Prevention Unit

The Fraud Prevention Unit investigates any incidents of fraud in visa applications and provides information to visa applicants about possible fraudulent scams.

News and Announcements

Recent announcements regarding the visa application process.

Contact Information

How to contact the visa section regarding your visa applications.

Consular Calendar

View our holiday and administrative closures.

Appoitment Availability

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Travel & Tourism in the U.S.

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CSC Visa Information Center

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